Newly minted Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke rode a horse to his first day of work at the departmentâ€™s Washington, D.C., headquarters, Thursday morning.
Zinke wore a cowboy hat, boots and jeans for the Thursday morning ride, which preceded a welcoming event in the lobby of the building.
Photos tweeted by Zinke and by Interiorâ€™s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement show the former Navy SEAL riding with U.S. Park Police officers.
â€œHonored to stand with the brave officers of @USParkPolice – these professionals put their lives on the line for us,â€ Zinke tweeted.
The transportation choice aligns with Zinkeâ€™s choice to brand himself as a conservative and conservationist in the mold of President Theodore Roosevelt, a strong advocate for outdoor recreation who established numerous national parks.
Zinke was Montanaâ€™s sole House representative before the Senate confirmed him to the Interior post Wednesday. Vice President Pence swore him in Wednesday night.
Zinke’s an ardent hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman, and pledged in the Senate to oppose any attempt at large-scale transfers of federal land â€” long a goal of some conservatives in the West.
In major news this morning, ex- fieldhunter TONTO, formerly owned by Jessie Swan of Markham VA, carried new Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to his first day of work Thursday morning in downtown Washington, DC. Tonto, an Irish gelding was imported and hunted with the Blue Ridge Hunt by owner Clay Smith prior to his purchase by Jessie for hunting with the Casanova Hunt. Upon his retirement from the hunt field, she lent the roan gelding to the police unit of the Washington Park Service. Normally only ridden by Maria Sabate, Tonto made a bit of history today when he was selected for the hack to work, probably due to his unbeatable disposition. Tonto is certainly continuing his winning ways as a tried and true Virginia fieldhunter.”